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Why Can’t I Stop Eating – Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder

“Why Can’t I Stop Eating?” is a program for people who have problematic overeating behaviors. These behaviors include losing control while eating and eating significantly more than what is typical of others. Other behaviors may include eating: rapidly, past fullness, secretly and finding yourself feeling depressed or guilty afterwards.

Eliminating binge eating is the goal of the program. Participants gain insight into the emotional aspects of binge eating and the function the eating disorder has served in their lives. They will learn a specific set of skills that replace the urge to binge eat to find that binge eating is no longer a useful way to deal with problems.

DBT for Binge Eating Disorder meets every Wednesday from 5 pm – 7 pm and Thursday from 12 pm – 2 pm.

The program includes both individual therapy and a weekly skills-based group, using a Dialectical Behavior Therapy, (DBT)**, for Binge Eating Disorder curriculum. DBT teaches clients helpful, positive and adaptive skills to manage emotions, get needs met and be effective. DBT has 4 modules: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Over time, as clients put skills in place to handle life’s challenges, they find harmful behaviors such as overeating are not so useful anymore.

Often depression and anxiety are also present for clients. These symptoms are addressed in individual therapy. If needed, clients are also referred to psychiatry and registered dietitians with a background in eating disorders. DBT for Binge Eating Disorder is not about weight loss but removes barriers for later weight loss if desired.

** DBT was created by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. (behavioraltech.org)

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Why Can’t I Stop Eating?: Goals and Results

  • Elimination or substantial reduction in binge eating, overeating and mindless eating
  • Ability to get needs met without using food
  • Weight stabilization
  • Preparation for future weight loss if desired
  • Confidence in decision making
  • Improved relationships
  • Choosing responses rather than reacting
  • Decreased cravings, urges and preoccupations with food
  • Lowered impulsivity
  • Reduced feelings of numbness and feeling overwhelmed

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Image of Ann TrenchI am passionate about helping people eliminate problem-eating from their lives. Not just because I get to see people delight in a new-found freedom from binge eating, but also because DBT therapy changes lives beyond problematic eating. As people learn DBT skills they begin to see themselves with more competence and confidence. They learn skills to reduce ruminating and live more happily in the present. .…read more about Ann Trench, MSSW, LICSW

Program philosophy

I honor that people with problem-eating had to learn the survival skill of binge eating to get through earlier invalidating experiences. Eating disorders are unique to each person and much like a puzzle, can be hard to make sense of. Together, we work on that puzzle and learn what has propelled and reinforced the eating disorder. As clarity is gained, the eating disorder loses its power and new skills take its place. During the course of the program, people generally notice the reduction of binge eating in both amount of food and frequency. Binging morphs into just overeating. Overeating then begins to morph into normal eating.